Warning: not for the faint of heart! Two things I avoided drawing when I was younger were hands and feet. However, by avoiding the most complicated part of the body, I was ignoring the most fascinating.
My drawing professor was adamant that the best way to improve your drawing skills is observation of nature. Dr. Stacy Tylka at Washington University's Medical School was kind enough to let me sit in on an anatomy course, where I was able to sketch from cadavers - it sounds terrifying, I know, but I couldn't wait to go back. The set-up was very professional, and the medical students were warm and welcoming.
I could only make these quick sketches in the hour that class was in session, but it definitely helped me to improve. In the margins, I couldn't help but jot down some interesting things I heard the students mutter, or some prose that comes to mind; I find it refreshes my mind so that I don't get bored or tired with a drawing.
It's snowing here - stay warm!
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